Adding a burst of color to the yard during the spring and summer, flowering plants are necessities for many gardener's yards. Whether you are looking for flowers that can be cut and brought into the house for a vase or bouquet, or whether you'd prefer to keep the color living in the garden, there are plenty of flower species to fit any environment and need.
Striking and tall, the foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is a distinct looking perennial that produces spires of speckled, tubular flowers. The blooms are available in colors from creamy white to pale purple and pink, depending on the cultivar. Foxgloves are excellent plants for gardeners who wish to cut flowers to bring into the home. Native to Europe, foxglove does best in cool climates in partial or filtered shade. Foxgloves should be grown in moist, acidic soils and should be watered on a regular basis, especially during the hot summer months.
Native to the American South, blanket flower (Gaillardia pulchella) is named after its resemblance to traditional Native American blankets. The tender perennial produces stunning blooms in shades of yellow, crimson and hot pink that are similar in appearance to daisies. Ideal for low-maintenance, warm weather gardens, blanket flowers thrive in just about any well-drained soil so long as there's plenty of sunlight. The cut flowers make an excellent display indoors in a bouquet. Blanket flower should be watered infrequently, as too much water may cause root rot.
For gardeners who want to add a little extra color to their garden, butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) produces brilliant orange flowers while attracting colorful butterflies. Native to open wilderness east of the Rockies, butterfly weed is a low-maintenance herbaceous perennial that requires little other than full sunshine and the occasional watering. The drought tolerant butterfly weed should be grown in sandy, well-drained soils.